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Prophecy: An Elizabethan Thriller (Giordano Bruno #2)

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S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.

It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align—an astrologi­cal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age an...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Anchor (first published 2011)
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Mary (BookHounds)
This is a beautifully written, historical fiction thriller that takes place during the rule of Queen Elizabeth and in her court. If you are a fan of this era and know a bit about the whispers of occult and astrology that occurred during her reign, you are really going to enjoy this story of conspiracy and mystery. This is probably one of my favorite time periods to read about since it truly was an age of discovery and that these ideas were often described as heresy and treason. Yet, in the world...more
Now that I've read this book I can say that I should have read Heresy first, so, if you are looking into reading this, don't listen to those people who say you can read this one first and be all right. Bruno alludes to things that have happened in the first book and, while there are no spoilers that I can see, there is always that fear that those will appear.

That being said, this is a fantastic read. I loved the history, the intrigue, the suspense, and the writing. Elizabethan London comes alive...more
Stephanie D.
Prophecy tells of a shadowy and dangerous web of plots and subplots in Elizabethan England.

I skipped to the second in a series of historical thrillers set in the Renaissance featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk excommunicated for heresy. You do not need to have read the first, Heresy, to enjoy Prophecy by S.J. Parris.
By the time Prophecy starts, Bruno has already been excommunicated and is now in Elizabethan England working as a spy in the midst of the secret enclaves of Papists. Rumors o...more
In some ways, Prophecy reminded me of the traditional “lad lit” genre: a male maverick secret agent, a competent fighter, attractive to women, off on some daring adventure of derring-do. Like any classic hero of “lad lit”, Giordano Bruno has a whiff of Mary Sue about him: associated with the big names of the time and naturally indispensable to the security of the realm. What’s delightful about Prophecy is that it knows what it is full well, and Stephanie Merritt (real name of author S. J. Parris...more
Catelyn May
This is the second book in S. J. Parris' Giordano Bruno series. If you're a history buff, you know how this ends (hint: there will be flames) and that actually makes me quite sad while reading about Bruno and his way ahead of his time (i.e., heretical) ideas about the universe. As somewhat of an expert on Elizabethan history the appearance of Sir Philip Sidney as Bruno's friend also fills me with a hint of sadness. Obviously, while writing about historical figures you know that eventually they w...more
PROPHECY by S.J. Parris
Well Written and Impeccably Researched


by S.J. Parris
Book Two in Series, first book: Heresy
Format: Hardcover
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 3, 2011)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 5 KB
Print Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 3, 2011)
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
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S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmosphe
This is an historical novel, taking place in the 1500’s, during the time of the rivalry between Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England, for their rightful place on the throne. To protect her family’s right to rule England, and prevent Mary, from ascending to the throne next, Elizabeth I, the Queen of England, has imprisoned Mary for years.

A plot has been uncovered that hopes to restore Mary, (daughter of King James V, whose son ascends to the throne after Elizabeth I...more
J.M. Cornwell
Conspiracies and political plots wrapped about with magic and heresy in a heady combination.

Dr. John Dee, astrologer and philosopher to Queen Elizabeth I, and Dr. Giordano Bruno, King Henri of France’s protégé, are absorbed by the coming Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the beginning of a new quadrant of the sky, the beginning of a new age that happens only once a millennium. Neither knows that murder, conspiracies involving Queen Elizabeth and Mary Stewart, once queen of Scotland, wil...more
Andreea Daia
******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise.

I'm writing this as I still have about 30 pages to go, and, if my opinion changes, I'll update my review once I finish the novel.

First and foremost, this is not a bad thriller - it has suspense, mystery, tension, and the possible suspect keeps changing over and over (even if in the first ha...more
1583 is the year of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, prophesied to be the moment of Queen Elizabeth's downfall. Now in London following his perilous adventure in Oxford (Heresy), Giordano Bruno is residing in the household of the French ambassador, planted there by Walsingham to learn information about attempts to restore Mary Stuart to the throne, and Catholicism to England, via intervention from the Duke de Guise of France. There is much apocalyptic angst among the populace, stirred...more
Thank you Good Reads for providing me with the ARC of Prophecy. I read Heresy - the first book of the series - and enjoyed it very much. I was hoping Prophecy lived up to the expectations and it did.

Ms. Parris does an excellent job at holding her readers' interest with a charismatic, quick-thinking lead character (Giordano Bruno) and a brisk, intriguing plot. This time around, Queen Elizabeth calls on Bruno and her personal astrologer John Dee to solve the murders of several of her maids of hon...more
Catherine Berry
Absolutely fantastic book. I'm a big fan of C J Sansom's "Shardlake" murder mystery series set in the Tudor period so this was the next step for me. Parris' attention to detail is remarkable and really brings the Elizabeth period to life. Not only can she describe normal, everday life of the common people, but Parris is an expert when it comes to Elizabeth and her court. The Queen, Giordano Bruno (the hero), Walsingham and Sir Philip Sidney, all come to life and are exactly how I imagined them t...more
A superbly written thriller that maintains the suspense through to the end. One of my best holiday reads and one to be highly recommended.
Tony Fisher
Unfortunately I read this book out of sequence, annoying, as I do have the first book of the series. I did enjoy this intriguing, mystery, spy story set in Tudor London in the 16th Century. Added to the mix is the hero of the book the 'Spy', a Italian ex priest Giordano Bruno (having read the 2nd book first, I missed the storyline leading to his acceptance as a Spy for the English – but that's another story!

I do not write 'spoilers' into my reviews, sufficient to say, there is plenty going on in...more
This is the second in a series set in Elizabethan England. I read the print version of the first and wasn't sure an audio version would be as good or easy to understand. Parris writes a complex story involving many characters. However, I enjoyed this outing of Giordano Bruno, a former monk who escaped the inquisition in his native Italy. Bruno has influential friends in high places, and he serves as spy for the Queen, who fears for her life. This is an interesting story about the period seen fro...more
The year is 1583 and London is full of plots to kill Queen Elizabeth I. A young maid of honour to Elizabeth I is murdered, her body found mutilated and symbols of the occult are carved into her in a horrific way.
There is concern that this murder is more than just the death of a young girl, the spymaster of the Queen, Francis Walsingham calls on former Italian monk Giordano Bruno to help him with his investigations again. Known for his rather unorthodox investigation methods Bruno needs to find w...more
Karen Brooks
The second book in the Giordano Bruno series is set in 1583 and finds the Italian heretic and former monk, Bruno, ensconced in the French Ambassador's residence in London, where plots against Queen Elizabeth's throne fly thick and fast. Still working for the spymaster and queen's secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, Bruno keeps his ear to the ground, discovering unlawful correspondence and Catholic conspirators everywhere he turns... Or are they? Told to rely on another of Walsingham's men, Fowler...more
This was a Goodreads Giveaway book.

Terrific setting in 16th century London and the court of Elizabeth I. Complex plot with political intrigue, religious fanaticism and superstition, and personal ambitions stretching across Europe. I look forward to more adventures with Giordano Bruno.
Karen Klein
Took awhile for me to get through it, but it was actually pretty good. Now have to go back and read the first one, Heresy to find out how Giordano Bruno became the "renegade monk." :) Reminds me of Ariana Franklin's series.......
Spies, counter-spies, murder, arcane books, the occult, Queen Elizabeth, court politics, religious dissent, secret plots, Sir Francis Walsingham, and an excommunicated monk/scholar who is far from home. What's not to love?
I am now a fan of Brundo Giordano. I am not sure how I missed "Heresy," but loved this once so much I plan to read it next.

Definitely a great read for fans of historical fiction!
Julie Adams
A disappointing second novel. None of the zip, zing and real intrigue that Heresy had. Meh.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Prophecy is the second in the Giordano Bruno series by S.J. Parris and follows on from Heresy while also being a stand alone read.

Bruno is still acting as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham with a view to protect Queen Elizabeth I from plots to dethrone her. In Prophecy, the threat comes from within the Queen's own court with several murders taking place and small astrological markings being carved into their chest.

Bruno is in London staying with a group of Catholics and is undercover trying to un...more
Violet Yates
I liked this book, although I had a hard time getting into it at first. It had a good plot, but it seemed to move very slowly in the first half of the book, then at breakneck speed during the second half. The prologue is a bit confusing; I am not really into astrology: this book gets very technical about astrology- signs and symbols that I do not have prior knowledge of- so it makes it difficult to follow at times. I have a feeling that this is the second book in a series, because some of the na...more
In a previous life, even before my nursing career, I majored in history. I still love a novel that immerses me in the past, and Elizabethan England remains a favorite time period, so it was with great to dive right in, thanks to the Early Review program at Library Thing and the generosity of the publisher.

There were so many unexpected things that delighted me about this book. I'm not even going to include good plot and good writing, even though it had both. Firstly, Giordano Bruno is a real his...more
I'm hoping/expecting for this to be as good as the 1st novel in this series! I was not to be disappointed. Poor SJ is already being compared to being comparable with CJ Sansom-and indeed she is very much on a par with this other excellent contemporary. But I hasten to add that she is immensely gifted in her own right. I shall be reading installment 3 as soon as it arrives from Amazon-which according to reviews, is even better!

The plot revolves around a suspected plot to murder "Gloriana"-sveral...more
When I found and read the first in the series, Heresy, I was delighted, and anticipated the second one because the protagonist's character was immediately engaging to me and I enjoyed the story. I liked the first so much, that there was always the thought that the second could not be as good.

I actually liked this second story better, I think, as it was slightly more complex. Although I enjoy a good murder mystery, and I adore Sherlock Holmes, the murder mystery genre is really not my first pick....more
John Lee
I'm not sure what has happened here as I seem to have read numbers 1&3 of this series and missed this one. It came as a pleasant surprise to find that I had another tale of the exploits of Giordano Bruno to read before the promised 4th book appears this summer.

The period of history seems particularly rife with plot and counterplot and as this story unfolds the reader surely realises how difficult it must have been for anyone of any rank whatsoever, for the failure to choose the correct side...more
Parris returns with another great mystery using her cast of historical characters, led by the most unlikely amateur sleuth, an excommunicated former monk hiding from the Inquisition. Parris places the mystery in the midst of Elizabeth I's preparation for her 25th ascension anniversary, while Catholics within England (and representatives from countries outside) plot her assassination and overthrow, all to bring Mary Queen of Scots to the Throne. Filled with a great deal of historical fact, the bo...more
It is 1583 and excommunicated monk Giordano Bruno is not what he seems. He is living in the French embassy in England, and finds himself investigating the murder of one of Queen Elizabeth's maids of honour. And he is embroiled in plots to replace Elizabeth with Mary Stuart, and to restore Catholicism to its rightful place in England. It doesn't help that Bruno is a foreigner, a heretic who doesn't believe that the sun revolves around the earth. Who is on what side? Who is a traitor or a spy? And...more
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S.J. Parris began reviewing books for national newspapers while she was reading English literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating, she went on to become Deputy Literary Editor of The Observer in 1999. She continues to work as a feature writer and critic for the Guardian and the Observer and from 2007-2008 she curated and produced the Talks and Debates program on issues in contempo...more
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